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Upcoming publication in October 2012: `The State of Things'

Published 2012/08/02

The State of Things brings together essays by Franco Berardi, Leo Bersani, Judith Butler, T.J. Clark, Jan Egeland, Fawaz A. Gerges, Jacques Rancière, Saskia Sassen, Vandana Shiva and Eyal Weizman as commissioned by OCA as part of Norway's official representation in the 54th edition of the Venice Biennale. The State of Things aims to tackle the 'state of things' today, drawing from the speakers' fields of activity and research, and from what they consider the intellectual and political priorities of today. The overall programme took its cue from the Nansen Passport, created by Norwegian diplomat and explorer Fridtjof Nansen at the end of World War I in an attempt to enable refugees to move across borders in search of political and intellectual shelter.

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dOCUMENTA (13) notebook no 035: Matias Faldbakken / 'SEARCH'

Published 2012/05/22

OCA is pleased to announce the publication of SEARCH by Matias Faldbakken as part of the dOCUMENTA (13) notebook series 100 Notes - 100 Thoughts.

no 035: Matias Faldbakken 
For SEARCH, novelist and artist Matias Faldbakken went into the log of his different hard drives and extracted parts of his Google search histories. The search phrases are printed chronologically according to when they were typed into the search box. The texts are largely based on image searches. In many respects they show the verbal semi-absurd foundation for the artist's image production: they are partly his notes, partly his research. These search-word texts are almost like automatic writing: unconscious (or accidental) text production. They allow the reader to witness part of his working process and could be seen as a cross section of his thinking. The texts occupy a space in between the artist's visual and textual production, ending up here as a form of (concrete) poetry.

About Matias Faldbakken
Matias Faldbakken (b.1973, Hobro, Denmark, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) has exhibited widely internationally and within Norway. His most recent exhibitions were held at the Power Station in Dallas, TX, USA, at the Kunsthalle Fridericianum in Kassel, Germany and at the Neue Achener Kunstverein in Aachen, Germany.

About dOCUMENTA (13) notebook series 100 Notes - 100 Thoughts
As a prelude to the 2012 exhibition, dOCUMENTA (13) together with Hatje Cantz are publishing a series of notebooks, 100 Notes – 100 Thoughts, that is comprised of facsimiles of existing notebooks, commissioned essays, collaborations, and conversations. The notebooks appear in three different formats (A6, A5, B5) and range from 16 to 48 pages in length. Contributors hail from diverse fields – art, science, philosophy, psychology, anthropology, political theory, literature, and poetry. Matias Faldbakken is part of a list of authors that includes György Lukács, Suely Rolnik, Franco Berardi, Vandana Shiva, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Salvador Dalí and Ignacio Vidal-Folch, Chus Martínez, Édouard Glissant and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Arjun Appadurai, Cornelius Castoriadis, Griselda Pollock, Donna Haraway, Pamela M. Lee, William Kentrige, Erkki Kurenniemi, Walter Benjamin and Nikola Doll, and Lawrence Weiner, among others.

Commissioned by dOCUMENTA (13) Artistic Director Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, together with Head of Department, Member of Core Agent Group, Chus Martínez, this series is edited by Head of Publications, Bettina Funcke. The 100 Notes – 100 Thoughts series is launched at various places and in various moments, each accompanied by a discussion on the nature and the aim of this publications project. You can acquire individual notebooks or subscribe to the entire series of 100 notebooks in both printed and e-book editions at

In Oslo you can acquire the notebooks at Torpedo Bookshop.